After a test drive on mud last weekend, Shamba Boyz racing team of Mahesh Halai and Ketan Dinesh Halai are all set for this weekend’s KCB Kisumu Rally.
The Shamba speedsters sponsored by the National Bank sponsored said they are ready for the event irrespective of the conditions.
“We had a really good test drive and the car was handling good. We foresee and we are ready for the conditions,” said Mahesh. Team principal Dinesh Halai said the team is putting final touches to their preparations. Shamba Boyz have already handed in their entry and will be spinning a Subaru Impreza N12.
Meanwhile, former 2WD and Group ‘S’ champion Jasmeet Chana has resorted to his championship winning Toyota Celica GT4 in Kisumu and not the traditional Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9. He said he will push the car sensibly not to suffer mechanical problems. “I have driven in Kisumu when dead wet and it’s not a pleasant view of the sugarcane estates, It’s slippery with no traction. I think it’s going to be fun. For Kisumu, I am driving the Celica as my new car has not arrived so it’s a matter of flat-out and sideways. We are lying second in Division One and I hope by the 4th or 5th rally, we will be in the lead,” Chana said. Chana is lying second in KNRC Division 1, behind Onkar Rai and ahead of Izhar Mirza and Farhaaz Khan. Farhaaz hopes his good run continues in Kisumu.
“Kisumu has always been kind to us and is a very well organized event. Keith and myself have made some changes from KNRC 1 which we hope will enable us do better in Kisumu. We are hoping the event will be wet.”